Board of Directors

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is governed by a member-approved board of directors who share a common appreciation for wildlife. They provide leadership, financial oversight and help support our vision and values. In addition, their combined experience and dedication play an extremely important role in charting the future of CROW.


David Nichols, DVM, has worked at Coral Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers and on Sanibel since receiving his DVM from Colorado State University in 1984. He has been a partner at Coral Veterinary Clinic since 1990 and majority owner and President since 2008. Dr. Nichols has been a CROW volunteer since 1984, and a board member for 18 years. He has served as veterinarian on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Florida Gulf Coast University since 2000. He is a member of the Caloosa Veterinary Society, the FVMA, the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Vice President

Rob Lisenbee is Vice President of Bank of the Islands on Sanibel Island, a role he’s held for the past 17 years. Rob is an area native, having grown up in Fort Myers. He made his career in the Fort Myers banking industry where he held increasingly responsible positions for the past 40 years.  He also serves on the board of the Sanibel School Fund.  Prior board membership includes:  The Schoolhouse Theater, The Sanibel Community Association, The Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis and the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum.          


Diane Bean, DVM is a small animal and exotic veterinarian at Coral Veterinary Clinic in Fort Myers. Before graduating from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Diane received her B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami. Prior to pursuing her passion for veterinary medicine, Diane worked as a marine biologist for The National Audubon Society where she was involved in multiple research projects in the Florida Everglades. Since 2011, Diane has been both a volunteer and relief veterinarian for CROW.     


Paul Ben-Susan is a retired Citibank executive from New York City, where he served in a number of capacities, most recently as a Vice President in Global Cash Management Services for the automotive industry.  Previously, he served broad based roles in the accounting and treasury offices of Coca Cola Bottling of New York and United Brands, Boston. Mr. Ben-Susan is a graduate of Bentley College of Waltham, Massachusetts, with a B.S. in Accounting.  He is a permanently certified cash manager (CCM). has a small practice, and has developed an expertise in financial planning.   Paul and his wife Julie bought their second home in the Forest in Fort Myers in 2002, where Paul served on the Board of the Forest Country Club as President in 2011 and continues to serve on the Finance Committee.

Board Members

Christine D. Attardo received her Master of Science in Microbiology from Yale University following an undergraduate degree in biology from Vassar College.  Her career includes teaching biology at the high school and college levels as well as working at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Medical Research Department.  Chris volunteers in the Health Park Medical Center emergency room and at CROW greeting guests in the Visitor Education Center and helping in the hospital’s baby room. 

Lynne Birdt spent her accounting career in the motion picture industry, continuing after her move to Fort Myers in 1991.  She has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Lee County Women’s Tennis League.  Lynne and her husband were volunteers for the mounted patrol at Malibu Creek State Park where they encountered an abundance of wildlife.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Jeff Burns is a Sanibel Island realtor who is fortunate to call Sanibel and Captiva Islands his true home, as he moved here when he was six. Additionally, Jeff serves as an instructor for the San/Cap Association of Realtors, teaching a class on Beaches and Waterways to realtors seeking their “Island Specialist” designation. Jeff served three terms as Treasurer of the Sanibel and Captiva Association of Realtors Board of Directors, and on the MLS Grievance and Ethics committees. He is a University of Florida graduate with an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters Degree in Finance with a specialization in Real Estate.

Jeff Haungs is a CPA and currently serves as CFO for a national property investment company.  A Sanibel resident since 2008, Jeff has over 24 years of tax, financial and business consulting experience including 16 years in public accounting.  He has volunteered his time with many organizations and participated with not-for-profit boards primarily in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.  

Cathie Lewis, originally from Middlebury, Vermont, has spent over 30 years working in the public sector, primarily with public utilities divisions. During her time with the City of Sanibel, Lewis helped develop the Utility Department and assisted in establishing an island-wide sanitary sewer collection and treatment system. Lewis also developed a storm-water management system known as PRISM (Personal Responsibility for Island Storm-water Management) for the city of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. 

Jeff Powers is the Founder and CEO of a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor. Jeff also founded The MedVets Charitable Foundation.  He is a member of the City of Sanibel Charter Review Committe and served as an advisor to the Sanibel School Fund. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his two sons' sports teams.

Ginnie Pritchett-McSpadden is a Southwest Florida native; graduating from Bishop Verot High School in 2002, lettering in academics and golf. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree  from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and started her career working as the marketing and advertising account executive at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Fort Myers. Ginnie’s biggest passion has been launching and running the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam with her family.   She currently works as a Senior Account Supervisor for Norris Sports Group, a Naples based sports and social media marketing company. 

Kelley A. Provo, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Florida and received her juris doctorate from Albany Law School, Union University. She is admitted to the practice of law in New York and Florida. Kelley also serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Resource Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.  She and her family reside in Fort Myers and spend hours enjoying local beaches, diving, and fishing.

Jeff Weigel owns and runs a restaurant on Sanibel Island and has been self employed in the restaurant business for two decades.  Jeff is an active community member and past president of the Sanibel School Fund.  He has three children and spends the little free time he has flying.

Past Presidents

Adelaide Cherbonnier (deceased)
Dr. K.C. Emerson (deceased)
Mary C. Wegmuller (deceased)
Jan Egeland
Wally Kain
Jean Hallstead (deceased)
Marion Sweedler (deceased)
Dick Lussier
Phyllis Douglass, DVM (deceased)
Carole Lowestine
Ann Arnoff
Steve Brown, MD
Don Egensteiner (deceased)
Ann Moran
John Schubert
Paul Douglass, DVM
Susan Petersen-Tucker
Cathy Cola
Melissa Congress